New SETI program to scan for low-frequency messages

A new radio astronomy facility has started mapping the universe at very low wavelengths and looking for messages from other civilisations.

Undersea volcanic vents discovered three miles down

A British expedition has discovered the world's deepest undersea volcanic vents, erupting water hot enough to melt lead.

Life on Titan? It stinks, says scientist

If there really is life on saturn's moon Titan, it's likely to be smelly and explosive, according to astrobiologist William Bains.

MIT uses viruses to split water for fuel

An MIT team has managed what amounts to artificial photosynthesis, using a modified virus and sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen atoms.

Millions of Mexican phones about to turn into bricks

Thirty million Mexicans could find their cellphones dead this weekend, thanks to a new law that forces phone owners to register their identities.

MIT develops Surround Vision to let you peek at what's off-screen

Surround sound's just so old hat, says MIT, which has developed a system that does the same thing with images on ordinary handheld devices.

NASA announces new programs - and budgets

NASA has announced its plans for the next few years. With the Constellation program for a manned moon landing axed, the focus will instead be on missions to the International Space Station and flight beyond Earth's orbit.

SnapStream builds world's largest video recorder

It's hard to imagine who could possibly want to record 50 TV shows at a time, or store 13 years' worth of programming. But just in case there is anybody out there, SnapStream has decided to oblige.

Volcanoes may still be active on Venus

Venus is still capable of volcanic eruptions, data from ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft suggests.

New human species discovered

You wait ages for a new human species, and then two come along at once. Hard on the heels of the discovery of a new type of hominin in Siberia, an international team says it's found the closest yet type of australopithecine to modern humans.

Ice explorer satellite launches today

ESA's Cryosat-2 ice mission is set for launch today, aiming to give scientists some hard evidence on the state of the world's ice caps.

Twettle kettle tweets you when it boils

A British start-up is looking for a half-million-dollar investment to market its new invention - a kettle that tweets you to tell you when it's boiled.

'Missing link' element created

Russian and US physicists have finally created element 117 - a superheavy element made of atoms containing 117 protons that is roughly 40 percent heavier than lead.

Teams compete in NASA moonbuggy race

More than 100 student teams from around the globe will this weekend take part in NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race.

Our universe may be inside a black hole, says physicist

Our entire universe may be located inside a wormhole, part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe.

AOL looks for buyers for Bebo

AOL has decided that it can't afford to run social networking site Bebo anymore, and has announced plans to sell or close it.

Climate change linked to Earth's orbital cycle

A geologist has discovered a link between regular changes in the Earth's orbital cycle and changes in the climate.

Software keeps car in the right lane

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a system that allows a car to stay in its lane without human control.

US wind power grid could provide reliable supply

Researchers have proposed a wind power grid linking offshore turbines along the east coast of the US as a way of smoothing out fluctuations in supply.

Hubble discovers mystery object orbiting brown dwarf

Astronomers have discovered a planet-like object circling a brown dwarf that appears to have formed much more quickly than was previously thought possible.